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ICC World Cup /one week on

It’s been a good first week in the World Cup. There was some criticism of it not being a genuine World Cup with eight competitors but I don’t get that. The best in the world play each other and would Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe and Holland be any more than cannon fodder? Bangladesh have [...]

June 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

And then it was all over

An accompanying cross to bear for a lifelong fight fan like myself is that it’s jolly hard to resist the lure of the chance to watch a major championship bout contest from wherever in the world it is taking place and not least in the early hours of a Sunday morning. Last night I spent over £20 [...]

June 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

A missed opportunity (perhaps?)

Here I must begin with an admission that by personal choice I watched but fifteen minutes of last night’s Liverpool’s historic victory in the European Champions League Final in Madrid before going to bed and that therefore this piece is largely based upon overnight radio reports to which I have [...]

June 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fans come last

Arsenal’s annual wage bill is £104 million, Chelsea’s £113 million. That’s £2 million a week with Ozil on £350,000 a week, Eden Hazard £220,000. Chelsea planned 10 charter flights at £1,000 per person from Luton – the only way to get to Baku for the Europe Final directly – [...]

May 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sussex v Glamorgan

It’s been too cold and I have been otherwise engaged but yesterday, for the first time this summer, I made it down to Hove CCC for the first day of the county game against Glamorgan. There was still a nip in the air but where better to be when the sun comes out than Hove CCC with a pint of [...]

May 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Diary of a sports couch potato

Yesterday was a fest of couch sports watching. I started with the ‘Made in Denmark’ – a European tour golf event which Bernd Wiesberger the Austrian slugger won. The European tour is rather like the Championship in football, a secondary tournament which any of 50 can win. The Finn [...]

May 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sporting greatness

An interesting discussion and one worthy of this organ’s debate is what exactly constitutes sporting greatness? Or, put another way, does a sportsman have to win major honours to be considered “ great”? In my sport of golf Luke Donald and Lee Westwood were at the pinnacle of golf but neither [...]

May 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

A sporting cornucopia

I settled down at 6.00pm for a plethora of tv sporting choices: the USPGA, the fourth ODI between England and Pakistan and the EFL play-off semi final between Charlton and Doncaster. The US PGA at Beth Page is becoming a procession for Brooks Koepka. This might well please Pargie but I do prefer a [...]

May 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Championship Play-offs

I was not always a fan of the Championship play-offs as a team finishing third has no real advantage over the team in sixth whom they meet in the semi-finals. A few years ago Brighton finished 15 points better than Sheffield Wednesday but still lost to them in the semis. However, I have been won [...]

May 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Greatest Comeback/David Bolchover

This life of Béla Guttman is not just the one of the best sporting biographies I have ever read but general biography too. The subtitle From Genocide to Football Glory says it all. I suspect many will be unfamiliar with name of Bela Guttmann. He is best known for being the manager of the Benfica [...]

May 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

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